Things to Do When School Is Closed in the Western Suburbs

Time off from school can be the perfect opportunity to recharge and relax. It is also a great time to explore new places together as a family. Here are some ideas for things to do when school is closed to keep everyone happy and engaged, both things to do at home and places to venture out to and visit. We hope you enjoy the quality time as a family!

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Things to Do While School is Closed in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Please be sure to look at websites for the most current information as hours may change during the holiday season.

At-Home Activities

  • Draw or write thank you notes for holiday gifts. Even the youngest of children can color a picture to send as a thank-you. My kids just love putting letters into envelopes and sending off in the mail. Have them show appreciation to others!
  • Write out New Year’s resolutions. Set some family and personal goals for the new year together.
  • Try new recipes. Kids love to cook! Have your kids help in the kitchen. Play restaurant by making menus, setting the table and roleplaying the server, chef and patron.
  • Play board games and cards. Time to get out those new games! Or break out some old favorites.
  • Hit the library. Pick out a new movie from the library to watch together. 
  • Find a new app. Take a look at our suggestions on the Best Apps for kids if you are looking for some engaging screen time.

You should also check out our Winter Break Camp Guide to keep the fun going!

Have a place you like to visit? Or an at home activity that keeps your family entertained? Please share as we would love to hear from you!

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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